- Jan 23, 2021
ROME – When we look back at the Catholic experience of the coronavirus, it will be tempting for closures and suspensions to be what we remember most. In many parts of the world Catholics were unable to attend Mass for months, driving some of them online for worship and others
The pontiff acted Tuesday on one of the recommendations of the recent Synod of Bishops for the Amazon by creating – for the second time in four years – a commission to study whether women might be ordained as deacons.
The president of the bishops’ conference in the Ivory Coast has raised anew the problem of clergy who go abroad and never come home, often with no stable community or oversight.
A burgeoning interest in witchcraft at a Rome gathering of exorcists is one taste of what the north/south shift in Catholicism feels like.
New Catholic population numbers released in advance of today’s 91st World Mission Day confirm that the southern hemisphere, containing most of the so-called “developing world,” has become the new demographic center of gravity of the Church. Today more than two-thirds of all Catholics live outside the West, and that share is growing all the time.
When Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina was elected to the papacy in March 2013, he wasn’t well-traveled or especially familiar with the United States — and those were precisely the gifts he brought to his 2015 visit to America, the anniversary of which is this week.